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About the CRRDA

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority (CRRDA) was established under the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Act 2016, and became operational on 14 April 2017.

The CRRDA will lead the development, procurement and delivery of the Cross River Rail project and support wider economic and social outcomes from this transformational project.

The immediate priorities of the CRRDA are to work with all levels of government, commence preparing for early works and planning for appropriate procurement activities.

Head of the Authority

Mr Graeme Newton

Engaged 14 June 2017

Experience

Mr Graeme Newton has more than 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. In the past 15 years he has led large-scale, high profile and complex infrastructure projects within the private and public sector, with a strategic and delivery-oriented approach as a senior executive leading billions of dollars’ worth of projects.

His vast experience and expertise in the industry has seen him awarded with the National Award for Excellence and the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award. Graeme was appointed by the Premier of Queensland in 2011 as CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to lead the recovery of the early 2011 natural disasters. He set the vision and strategy for the progression of over $14 billion in projects, including major roads, water, aviation, pipelines, rail and social infrastructure.

Over the years Graeme has worked in a range of different infrastructure leadership roles including the role of Director-General for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning where he was a key decision maker for Queensland, leading major infrastructure, investments, planning and project delivery. He was also appointed as Coordinator-General under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld).

Graeme’s extensive experience has led to him obtaining particular skills in strategic planning, risk amelioration, major project delivery, market strategy, contract negotiation, innovative financial models and media and stakeholder management. Graeme is currently Deloitte Australia’s Lead Partner for the Queensland Government with a national focus on the delivery of large, complex and high profile infrastructure and major capital projects.

This role involves extensive engagement and strategic policy advice for a range of Queensland and interstate government departments. Graeme’s key strengths are in strategy, transformation and building high performing teams.

The CRRDA Board

The Board of the CRRDA was confirmed by Cabinet, following an extensive national recruitment campaign. The 10 member board includes representation from the federal, state and local governments as well as a wealth of expertise from industry.


  • Mr Frankie Carroll

    Mr Frankie Carroll

    Mr Frankie Carroll
    Chairperson and Director-General of Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP)
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Mr Frankie Carroll, Chair and permanent member is the Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. His infrastructure experience spans water, construction, energy and financial services industries. As Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Water Infrastructure, he delivered major water storage facilities. As Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Mr Carroll was responsible for delivering a disaster reconstruction program worth more than $13 billion. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

  • The Honourable Mr Paul Lucas

    The Honourable Mr Paul Lucas

    The Honourable Paul Lucas
    Deputy Chairperson, B.Econ., LLB., MBA, MURP, Prof. Cert. Arb., FAICD, CMILT
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Mr Paul Lucas is a non-executive director and consultant. Mr Lucas has held Board positions with and consulted to public and private sector transport and infrastructure related corporations including Airservices Australia and Powerlink. Mr Lucas lectures at a postgraduate level in Strategic Metropolitan and Transport and Infrastructure Planning. He is a Board member at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health at the Australian College of Optometry. Mr Lucas is an Adjunct Professor at Australian Catholic University and Bond University and a Governance, Infrastructure and Public Policy Consultant with University of Queensland International Development. Mr Lucas is a Solicitor by profession and was Deputy Premier for four years and a Minister in the Queensland State Government for 11 years. His ministerial responsibilities included Infrastructure and Planning; Transport and Main Roads; Local Government; Energy; Health and Attorney-General. Mr Lucas was involved in many large transport infrastructure projects in South East Queensland including: Springfield Rail Line; Varsity Lakes Extension; Salisbury-Kuraby Duplication; Inner-Northern Busway; Northern Busway; Boggo Road Busway; Eastern Busway; Tugun Bypass; AirportLink; and Gateway Upgrade Project. He was also Minister responsible for managing the State’s relationship with the Federal Government and Local Government on many of these projects.

     

  • Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC

    Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC

    Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC
    Board Member and New South Wales Chief Scientist and Engineer
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Professor O’Kane is NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, a company director, and Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, a company advising governments and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development. She was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 1994-1996. Before that, she was Dean of Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Canberra.

    In the field of infrastructure, she is a Special Advisor to Infrastructure NSW and chairs the NSW Air Quality in Tunnels Committee. She was formerly on the boards of the Multifunction Polis and AARNet and was a member of the ACT Very Fast Train Advisory Committee. Regarding the current debate on energy, she chairs the NSW Energy Security Taskforce and is a panel member of the Review of the National Electricity Market (Finkel Review).

    Professor O’Kane has served on several boards and committees in the public and private sectors, especially related to research, engineering, ICT and energy. She is currently chair of the Boards of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management CRC, and of the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She serves on the boards of Business Events Sydney Ltd, Queensland University of Technology, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, the Development Gateway, the Capital Markets CRC and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. She was Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, Chair of the Development Gateway, a Director of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and was a Member of the Australian Research Council, the Cooperative Research Centres Committee and the Boards of the CSIRO and NICTA.

    Professor O’Kane is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.

     

  • Ms Lucy Snelling

    Ms Lucy Snelling

    Ms Lucy Snelling
    Board Member
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Ms Lucy Snelling has Board and governance, as well as legal, government and management experience. She is a consultant with HopgoodGanim Lawyers and also runs her own resources and energy commercial consultancy. She is an experienced leader with a strong legal and commercial background, strategic management skills and specialist expertise in resources and energy and transport infrastructure projects.

    Ms Snelling co-founded the Infrastructure Association of Queensland, serving as President. Her previous roles include acting as State’s Representative on the AirTrain Citylink project, and oversight of Stage 1 of the Springfield Road and Rail Corridor. While Partner of a Brisbane City law firm, she worked on major gas pipeline, rail, and other infrastructure development projects, as well as ongoing operational issues. In addition, she has facilitated commercial development projects at and in conjunction with rail transport to maximise urban planning and infrastructure outcomes, including across a range of transport oriented developments.

  • John Lee

    Mr John Lee

    John Lee

    Mr John Lee

    Mr John Lee
    Board Member
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Mr John Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Sailing. He has held a number of senior positions at the State Government level including Director-General of the Department of Commerce and Transport for NSW from 2003-2010. Mr Lee was then appointed the CEO of the Australian Tourism and Transport Forum, a national advocacy organisation for improved public transport and visitor economy infrastructure. Mr Lee has extensive experience in both operations and planning of heavy rail and transport solutions. Early in his career, Mr Lee worked as General Manager of CityRail in the lead up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He also played a pivotal role in the planning and construction of many rail projects on the CityRail network. Mr Lee is the former Chief Executive of the Sydney Roosters NRL club and a former Australian Sports Commissioner. He also has extensive experience in governance.

  • Mr Dave Stewart

    Mr Dave Stewart

    Mr Dave Stewart
    Board Member and Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Mr Dave Stewart is the Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and a Member of the Building Queensland Board, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Senior Officials. Mr Stewart is an accomplished civil engineer and was named as one of Australia’s Top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia.

  • Mr Jim Murphy

    Mr Jim Murphy

    Mr Jim Murphy
    Board Member and Under Treasurer, Queensland
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Mr Jim Murphy commenced as Queensland’s Under Treasurer on 1 June 2015. Mr Murphy was formerly a senior executive with the ANZ Bank and is regarded as an outstanding senior policy executive and respected government leader. Before his role with the ANZ Bank, Mr Murphy was Deputy Secretary in the Federal Treasury for more than a decade and also held a number of senior executive positions in the Commonwealth Departments of Treasury, Attorney-General and Finance. His distinguished career also includes a role as an advisor with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, and he worked as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr Murphy was also awarded a Public Service Medal for his strategic economic advice that formed the Federal Government’s response to the global financial crisis.

  • Mr Mike Mrdak AO

    Mr Mike Mrdak AO

    Mr Mike Mrdak AO
    Board Member and Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
    Appointed 14 March, 2017

    Experience
    Mr Mike Mrdak AO is Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, a position he has held since June 2009. Mr Mrdak began his Australian Public Service career in 1988 as a graduate with the then Department of Transport and Communications. Since then, he has held a number of senior positions across the portfolio and with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. On 1 January 2014, he was appointed Commissioner of the National Transport Commission. He is also the Australian Government’s representative on the Board of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Mr Mrdak was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 honours list for his distinguished service to public administration through executive roles in the infrastructure, transport and logistics sector and through the development of policy reform initiatives.

  • Mr Neil Scales OBE

    Mr Neil Scales OBE

    Mr Neil Scales OBE
    Board Member and Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Appointed as Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads in March 2013, Mr Scales previously led Queensland’s public transport network as CEO of TransLink. Prior to joining TransLink, Mr Scales was the Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for Merseyside in the north of England. In this role, he was responsible for some 200 million passenger journeys per year by train, bus, ferries and through the two Mersey Tunnels. Along with over 40 years of experience in the transport industry, Mr Scales received an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to public transport. He was also awarded an honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 for his services in the region. Mr Scales was appointed as a Commissioner with the National Transport Commission (NTC) in September 2014 and was appointed to the Roads Australia Board in November 2014. In 2015, he was the Queensland Public Sector’s CEO champion against domestic violence by participating in an initiative called the Australia’s CEO Challenge Race. He continues this important role in 2017. This annual drive sees business leaders raise awareness and funds for those affected by domestic violence.

  • Mr John McEvoy

    Mr John McEvoy

    Mr John McEvoy

    Board Member

    Appointed 2 June, 2017.

    Experience

    Mr John McEvoy has 35 years’ experience in the mobilisation and successful delivery of major infrastructure programs and megaprojects in Australia and internationally.

    In the past 15 years, Mr McEvoy has focused on adapting proven investment governance practices to plan and deliver major economic, social and environmental infrastructure in the Rail, Road, Ports, Energy, Water, Health, Justice and Civic sectors.  He is regarded as an innovative strategist and problem solver, with valued skills in the development of business cases to secure funding for major projects and in the subsequent crafting of commercial public-private partnerships and other project delivery models.

    In Queensland, Mr McEvoy has extensive experience in the mobilisation and delivery of major projects totalling over $30 billion, including the post-2011 floods Transport Network Reconstruction Program, Brisbane’s Clem7 tunnel and Inner City Bypass, Gold Coast Light Rail, Lady Cilento Hospital, SouthBank and the Brisbane Convention Centre.

    Mr McEvoy has a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil (Hons) and has participated in best practice leadership studies at Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government and Melbourne Business School.  He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a past chair of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland.

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